Menlo Park, CA, January 2003—The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID), a multi-year research and action project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities, announces the selection of 33 Partner Departments in chemistry, education, English and mathematics.
Partner Departments will analyze all aspects of their doctoral programs and link specific activities to desired outcomes. Departments will begin this analysis by clarifying their goals for doctoral education in their respective disciplines, and will commit to creating "design experiments" in doctoral education to better meet their identified goals.
" We embarked on this project because we felt that this is a propitious time to study new opportunities and responsibilities resulting from evolution of the disciplines as well as general changes in education and society," said Carnegie Senior Scholar George E. Walker, who heads the five-year study. Walker is also Vice President for Research and Dean of the University Graduate School at Indiana University.
Carnegie Senior Scholar Chris Golde explained that the project goals were to support and study experiments in doctoral education with leading graduate programs, to document and analyze the character of those initiatives and, working with these innovative departments, to help the disciplinary community create models and evidence of success to inform others in the field. "We're working with departments which are committed to being stewards of the discipline,"Golde said. "We don't just mean a preservation of the heart and essence of the field, although that's important, but we chose those departments who have a critical eye toward the future, who are willing to take risks and move the discipline forward."
Carnegie President Lee S. Shulman said the doctoral degree is critical to the continued improvement of all American education, from the elementary school to the graduate school. "If educators hope to change the character of undergraduate education, the Ph.D. is critical; doctoral programs prepare and socialize the next generation of undergraduate teachers. If we wish to influence the course of elementary and secondary schools, the Ph.D. is critical, for those who hold the doctorate also educate those who teach our nation's schoolchildren."
The following departments were selected as CID Partners:
* Arizona State University: Division of Curriculum and Instruction
* Columbia University: English and Comparative Literature
* Duke University: Department of English
* Duke University: Department of Chemistry
* Duke University: Department of Mathematics
* Howard University: Department of Chemistry
* Indiana University at Bloomington: Department of English
* Indiana University at Bloomington: School of Education
* Michigan State University: Division of Science and Math Education
* Michigan State University: Department of Teacher Education
* State University of New York at Stony Brook: Mathematics Department & Institute for Mathematical Sciences
* Texas A&M University: Department of English
* The Ohio State University: Department of Mathematics
* The Ohio State University: Department of Chemistry
* The Ohio State University: Department of English
* The Ohio State University: College of Education
* University of Chicago: Department of Mathematics
* University of Colorado at Boulder: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
* University of Colorado at Boulder: School of Education
* University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Department of Mathematics
* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Department of Chemistry
* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Department of English
* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Department of Educational Studies
* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Department of Mathematics
* University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Department of Mathematics and Statistics
* University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: School of Education
* University of Pittsburgh: Department of English
* University of Southern California: Rossier School of Education
* University of Southern California: Department of Mathematics
* University of Texas at Austin: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
* University of Wisconsin-Madison: Department of Chemistry
* Washington State University: College of Education
The CID has also selected 22 Allied Departments who will help form a network in each discipline to provide further information collection and dissemination about the study. A list of Partner and Allied Department by discipline is available on this Web site.
Further information about the study and all of the participants may be found on the Carnegie Web site at www.carnegiefoundation.org/CID. Funding for the project is provided by the Atlantic Philanthropies and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education." The improvement of teaching and learning is central to all of the work of the Foundation. The Foundation is located in Stanford, Calif.